Notice for Review Requests

I receive review requests weekly. However, my personal schedule is hectic and I no longer review actively. (I also manage another blog called The Toronto Cafe and Food Blog). I do read every request sent but I apologize in advance that I do not reply to them all.

If I do take on a request, I will forewarn that it may take some time before I can review it. I am now looking to review adult fiction and self-help books instead of young adult fiction because I have grown out of it. If you are to request a review for either adult fiction or self-help, I will more likely to give it a shot.

In the meantime, Stop, Drop, and Read! serves as an archive book review blog. When I have the time, I may post a review. Thank you for understanding.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Author Interview: Dan Elconin

Recently reviewed, Never After is a great young adult novel retelling of Peter Pan, which is a much darker story than the original version. Today, we have the one and only creator of Never After, Dan Elconin, for an author interview!

If you would like to learn more about the author or Never After, check out at

Out of all fairy tales to retell, why Peter Pan?

- The notion of a weird little boy breaking into kids’ rooms and luring them away has always struck me as really creepy. I wanted to explore that creepiness. Also, JM Barrie’s original novel is hilarious as well as dark, and I liked that contrast so much I wanted to recreate it.

How long did you work on Never After?

- About five years. Way too long. Stephen King could have written dozens of books in that amount of time.

If trapped on an island (considering you can survive off the food and creatures that exist there and find or create your own shelter), what one item is a must have for you?

- A computer, so I can write. Or perhaps an assault rifle, since “deserted” islands always seem to be inhabited by various things that want to kill you.

What is your favourite retelling, be it film or book?

- Probably CASINO ROYALE, the 2006 James Bond film.

What kind of stories or genres do you still want to try writing?

- Right now I can’t say I have any desire to go outside the teen genre. I’d love to try my hand at screenwriting though.

Do you have any novels you are working on at the moment or will be releasing soon? If so, can you please give us a brief summary about them?

- I am working on another novel (and trying my best to finish it in less than five years!). The working title is AFAX and it’s inspired in large part by ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card, one of my favorite books. That’s about all I can say at the moment. =)

Lastly, give us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know of!

- I like to juggle a soccer ball on my feet when I’m bored, and my current record is 2,429. (I was really bored.)

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Sliding on the Edge said...

I've gotta read this. Sounds great.

Minty said...

Never After has to be the worst book I have ever read. The characters will be in loads of dangerous situations and Alex will say "That's what she said". It ruins the whole book. Another thing I hate is that there are at LEAST seven cuss words on every page. It's terrible.

Diana Dang said...

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. ^^; I personally enjoyed it because it was much different than what I typically see in YA fiction. I had more of a guy feel to it, hence the swearing and such. I do admit the swearing did get overboard at times but the story itself was fun and dangerous.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with "Minty". This book was very bad. Could he not have come up with his own idea?! The cussing was irritating and messed up the whole book...